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Looking for good quality compact simple-to-operate digital camera
I presently own a sony DSC S30 that I've had since they first came out. I have found that I rarely use it for several reasons. I would like to list those reasons and have some suggestions on what camera might fill my needs more better than my present one..

1. It's too big! I've found out that the best camera for me to have is the one I have with me when I need/want it and if it's at home in the camera bag, it's not very useful. I'm looking for a camera I can stick in my pocket w/o looking like I just met someone I was really happy to see..

2. It is a rechargeable battery camera only! I would like a camera that uses AA size batteries, preferably the 1.7 volt lithium long storage batteries such as the E2 energizers. Don't know how many times we would like to have had a picture of someone/something and the battery was dead in the Sony..

3. It has too many buttons for an old man and they're too small! I like big buttons and very few of them. I'm always forgetting what all the buttons are for. Probably don't need half of them anyway. I've read where some of the newer camera's have a feature to turn off many of the on-screen menu's and that sounds like a step in the right direction..

Features I am interested in having in addition to the above corrections:.

1. 3 to 6 power optical telephoto lens. Don't need more and the closer to 6X the better. I guess additional digital power would be OK but not necessary..

2. 3 to 6 mp would be more than sufficient for the stuff I can see me taking pictures of. It would be used mostly around Christmas and family meetings with some outdoor pictures included. Nothing serious..

4. As close to tinker free picture taking as possible such as the old "35mm instamatics that the flash comes on if it feels it needs it" type of simplicity with telephoto capabilities..

5. Good quality! Not something that's going to crack open if I drop it on the floor..

6. 2.5" or larger LCD with good resolution. Fixed is fine, don't need it to swivel around and take a picture of my behind. It's not that great. Believe me!.

Things I don't need:.

1 IS. Not that shaky yet and the ground is always close by. It rarely moves!.

2. Face recognition! (I should already know who I'm taking a picture of). Reading between the lines, it seems this feature sometimes causes slow response time in taking a picture due to it trying to focus on the subject/subjects..

I understand this has been a fairly long first post, but I am in hopes that some of you savvy folks can help me out here. There must be hundreds if not thousands of digital cameras out there, and I only need one. The question is "which" one?.

Thanks for reading and replying!.

Connor.

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Do you want a viewfinder in addition to the screen?..

Comment #1

Ojohn wrote:.

Do you want a viewfinder in addition to the screen?.

A viewfinder would save battery life if it got to the point that it became critical, but I have never taken a critical picture yet. I guess it would be a neutral addition, not really needed but not disposed of having it either..

Thanks....

Connor..

Comment #2

The AA batteries limit the size of the camera, smaller cameras have proprietary rechargeable batteries. You basically want a "simpler" camera and there's nothing wrong with that. These three have good picture quality and all have viewfinders. The buttons may be a little small but they are well spaced..

Kodak C533 5mp with 1.8" screen:.

Http://www.kodak.com/...ec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=8049&pq-locale=en_US.

Or Kodak C653 6 mp with 2.4" screen:.

Http://www.kodak.com/...erier.jhtml?pq-path=9/19/32/10360&pq-locale=en_US.

Or, for size, Canon A460, a little smaller, 5mp with 2" screen:.

Http://www.usa.canon.com/...SpecsTabAct&fcategoryid=183&modelid=14825.

On the Kodak pages there's a link to their "Refurbished" store. Check those prices. In most cases those cameras are actually new, but in all cases they come with new packaging, all accessories, and the same as new warranty. They're usually a good deal, even for Kodak's higher priced models (see the Kodak forums right here)..

More expensive cameras can be smaller, but tend to get away from AA batteries and add lots of features and modes you say you don't need. And that's OK!..

Comment #3

I have a Nikon D80, plus a load if extras, and it is quite a lot to carry around all the time, so I wanted a small compact,that I could have with me at all times, and I found just the thing.I bought a Olympus MJU 800, it fits into my shirt pocket very well..

It is 8 mgp, large screen, Auto, A and S priority shake reduction, (color silver,d/blue , black), and the battery seems to last forever. I recommend this for it's usefulness..

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Http://s185.photobucket.com/.../albums/x223/eirianfa2002/?mediafilter=imagesMike Rudge..

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My .02..

Connortn wrote:.

I presently own a sony DSC S30 that I've had since they first cameout. I have found that I rarely use it for several reasons. I wouldlike to list those reasons and have some suggestions on what cameramight fill my needs more better than my present one..

1. It's too big! I've found out that the best camera for me to haveis the one I have with me when I need/want it and if it's at home inthe camera bag, it's not very useful. I'm looking for a camera I canstick in my pocket w/o looking like I just met someone I was reallyhappy to see..

2. It is a rechargeable battery camera only! I would like a camerathat uses AA size batteries, preferably the 1.7 volt lithium longstorage batteries such as the E2 energizers. Don't know how manytimes we would like to have had a picture of someone/something andthe battery was dead in the Sony..

If you get a camera that takes AAs you ought to consider hybrid rechargeable batteries such as Sanyo Eneloops..

3. It has too many buttons for an old man and they're too small! Ilike big buttons and very few of them. I'm always forgetting what allthe buttons are for. Probably don't need half of them anyway. I'veread where some of the newer camera's have a feature to turn off manyof the on-screen menu's and that sounds like a step in the rightdirection..

Smaller cameras have smaller buttons so you may have to compromise a little on this feature..

Features I am interested in having in addition to the above corrections:.

1. 3 to 6 power optical telephoto lens. Don't need more and thecloser to 6X the better. I guess additional digital power would be OKbut not necessary..

This is most P&S so this won't limit your options..

2. 3 to 6 mp would be more than sufficient for the stuff I can see metaking pictures of. It would be used mostly around Christmas andfamily meetings with some outdoor pictures included. Nothing serious..

Newer models all seem to have more than 6mp so you'll be looking at some of the older models. Availability is a little more limited..

4. As close to tinker free picture taking as possible such as the old"35mm instamatics that the flash comes on if it feels it needs it"type of simplicity with telephoto capabilities..

As far as I know all models have an auto function so after you've set up the camera it should just be P&S from there..

5. Good quality! Not something that's going to crack open if I dropit on the floor..

You maybe talking about a shock resistant camera and this narrows the choices alot - I think to Olympus. Although there are people on this forum who have found other cameras to be very sturdy..

6. 2.5" or larger LCD with good resolution. Fixed is fine, don't needit to swivel around and take a picture of my behind. It's not thatgreat. Believe me!.

2.5" is found on a lot of cameras but not good resolution..

Things I don't need:.

1 IS. Not that shaky yet and the ground is always close by. It rarelymoves!.

IS is not a feature limited to people with shaky hands. It makes a big difference in getting a clear shot at the long end of a telephoto lens as well as in low light with a slower shutter speed. This is a really great feature..

2. Face recognition! (I should already know who I'm taking a pictureof). Reading between the lines, it seems this feature sometimescauses slow response time in taking a picture due to it trying tofocus on the subject/subjects..

I agree that this is not necessary..

I understand this has been a fairly long first post, but I am inhopes that some of you savvy folks can help me out here. There mustbe hundreds if not thousands of digital cameras out there, and I onlyneed one. The question is "which" one?.

Thanks for reading and replying!.

Connor.

The Olympus 770SW is shockproof and has the high resolution screen but does not use AAs. I don't have this camera. You ought to search in the Olympus forum and see what people are saying about the camera..

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Comment #5

A point and shoot camera with AA batteries that is very simple and easy to use is the Nikon L11. It's gotten some decent reviews and the picture quality is good for an inexpensive camera. Nikon has released a new version, the L14, which should be even better...

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